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The Fastest Road Cars In The World

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Road legal cars are just getting faster and faster with some now feeling like they should be capable of taking off. It may not be legal to drive on public roads at 200mph, but there are plenty of road legal cars that can fly right past that speed and manufacturers keep trying to push that barrier even further.

While some big names manage to make insanely fast hypercars, it's actually the specialist niche manufacturers that manage to manipulate the technology most successfully.

Swedish manufacturer, Koeniggsegg, is currently the producer of the world's fastest road car with its £1.1 million Agera R. The essential statistics include a 1,124bhp power output, 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 273mph. Close on its heels comes the American made Hennessy Venom GT, basically a Lotus Exige with a number of modifications, including a brutal Chevrolet Corvette twin turbo V8 engine under the bonnet. £750,000 will get you 1,244bhp to play with and a 270mph top speed.

These two have left the Bugatti Veyron, for a long time famous for its 'world's fastest' title, trailing in third place. The Super Sport is the flagship model and costs an astonishing £2 million. The result is a top speed of 268mph and 1,184bhp, coupled with an ultra luxurious cabin. In fourth place you will have probably never heard of the RUF CTR3, but the uninspiring name represents a set of Porsche tuners extraordinaire, who have squeezed 766bhp and 236mph out of a 1,375kg car for a ridiculously speedy power to weight combination.

In fifth place it's the Pagani Huayra, a paragon of speedy excess and futuristic automotive technology in a super sleek body, costing £1 million. It boasts 720bhp for a 225mph top speed. British sports car maker, Noble, is next up with the M600, going for a rather more reasonable £200,000. This is back to basics hypercar-ism, with a distinct lack of ABS or traction control, to keep its 650bhp and 225mph in hand.

Seventh place goes to the cheesily named Ferrari LaFerrari, using hybrid power to get 217mph out of its petrol/electric V12. 62Mph speeds are possible in less than seconds, meaning the £1 million Ferrari just beats its great rival, the McLaren P1, in eighth place. Another petrol/electric hybrid, F1 experience also powers the P1 to a 217mph top speed, while at £866,000, it's a bargain compared to the Italian Stallion.

Trailing in the rear are the Lamborghini Aventador and the Porsche 918 Spyder, as the world's ninth and tenth fastest cars, respectively.

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